PREVALENCE OF ANEMIA AT THE TIME OF DELIVERY IN A TERTIARY CARE HOSPITAL OF NOWSHERA DISTRICT, KPK
Objective: to determine the prevalence of anemia in women at the time of their delivery.
Study Design: Descriptive cross-sectional study.
Place and Duration of Study: labor suite and obstetric unit of Qazi Hussain Ahmed Medical Complex, Nowshera,
KPK. June 2017 To August 2017.
Materials and Methods: 151 consecutive antenatal women with 37 to 42 weeks pregnancy admitted to inpatient obstetric
unit for delivery (both vaginal and caesarian), were included in this study. Their full blood count was taken. After
informed consent, a proforma comprising basic demographic and obstetric data, was administered to the subjects and
their hemoglobin documented on it. The data was analyzed using SPSS-16 and results presented as tables and graphs.
Results: The overall prevalence of anemia at the time of delivery was 87.4%. 33.7% patients had mild, 51% pts had
moderate and 2.6% patients had severe anemia.
Conclusion: Anemia continues to be the commonest morbidity in pregnancy. The high prevalence of moderate-severe
anemia in last trimester in this area underlines the need to improve antenatal care specifically and nutritional status of
childbearing women in general.